Stretching approximately 560 km’s from Busselton to Walpole, the lower south west coastline includes long sandy beaches, rocky headlands, picturesque sheltered bays, high energy surfing beaches, dense bushland areas and internationally significant estuaries and wetlands. Many of these environs are conserved within major reserves, such as D’Entrecasteaux and Leeuwin Naturaliste national parks.
The coast is environmentally important as a habitat and feeding ground for native fauna, while the vegetation stabilises sand dunes and provides a buffer from storms and tidal events. Our beaches also offer significant economic, recreational and cultural benefits, with acclaimed surfing breaks, popular fishing and swimming spots and a valuable tourist attraction.
Over time these coastal processes and features have been impacted upon from coastal development, inappropriate recreation and tourism and introduced flora and fauna.
SWCC has been working with coastal community groups, schools, government departments and agencies to help protect and restore coastal sites from these threats. This includes: